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ENGB31 Lecture Notes - Pathetic Fallacy, Book Works, Katabasis

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Natalie Rose

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Fanstastes cont’d…
Cosmo’s sotry: “art rescues nature form the weary and sated regards of our senses,
and the degrading injustice of our anxious everyday life, and appealing to the
imagination, which dwells apart, reveals Nature in some degree as she really is,
and as she represents herself to the eye of the child, whose every-day life, fearless
and unambitious, meets the true import of the wonder-teeming world around him,
and rejoices therein without questioning?” p98-99
How does the plot workd itself out?
o Demere goes missing, Cosmos smashes the mirror to break the
enchantment and free the women
o Smashing the miroro means that he cannot see, but must to break
the enchantment
Similar /parallel to Anodos’s experience with the marble lady
o Comos is to liberate the women and dies in the process, liberating
at the cost of not seeing her AND causing his life (connecting self-
sacrificing love with art)
focuses on the other person
Music: “My sense was as yet too gross”
o Body vs. spirit
o Music poetry prose
o “alas! It is like trying to reconstruct a forest out of broken
branches and withered leaves. In the fairy book, everything was
just as it should be, though whether in words or something else, I
cannot tell. It glowed and flashed the thoughts upon the soul, with
such a power that the medium disappeared from the
consciousness, and it was occupied only with the things
themselves. My representation of it must resemble a translation
from a rich and powerful language, capable of embodying the
thoughts of a splendidly developed people, into the meager and
half-articulate speech of a savage tribe”
chapter 5, p93
the this book works as music to the readers rather than a
o “two souls, loving each other and longing to come nearer, do, after
all, but behold each other as in a glass darkly”
“for now we see through a glass, darkly, but then face to
face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also
I am known” 1Cor. 13:12
o “[A]s I looked at the pedestal, I thought I saw upon it, vaguely
revealed as if thorugh overlapping folds of drapery, the indistinct
outlines of white feet”
o Shadow (dream) vs. song
o Transgressions: Marble lady flees; fairy palace disappears
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